Poplar Motors

Campervans & Leisure

Customer Comments

From Kevin Goddard. Hiace Noppo
I wanted to write to thank you for the excellent customer service we experienced in buying our 1994 Annex Noppo from you in January. It was very refreshing to find that we had bought from someone who honoured the 3 month warranty offered without any hesitation. We have now had a chance to use the van both with and without electric hook up, and it performed brilliantly on both occasions. The layout, as we thought, is extremely practical for us and the two dogs. I will certainly be recommending Poplar Motors to anyone looking for a campervan.

Rodney and Megan Allen, Sheffield. A M Craft Hiace

Thank you David for selling our campervan for the agreed price.

You showed compassion for our situation in wanting to help us sell the vehicle.

You went out of your way especially when waiting for the couple to sell their property to buy their ideal campervan.

Thank you again and god bless you.

From Simon Cox. Hiace Cruising Cabin. Bought Sept 2009

Having spent over 2 years searching for the perfect camper we came across Poplar's website and were immediately impressed. Viewing their previously sold campers, it was easy to determine our specific requirements, and speaking to Dave confirmed exactly what we wanted. Living in London, and having 2 small children, our requirements were quite exact. The layout of our camper was perfect and the low mileage made our decision instantly for us. The camper is perfectly designed, and equally adept for driving the city streets as it is for extended camping for 2 adults and 2 very young children. Reliability was a huge factor in buying a Toyota, and we have never once been let down, even after leaving the van standing for long periods, it starts every time without a hint of concern. The condition of the van was equally impressive, both inside and out, having been waxoiled underneath to preserve the impeccable condition. We have already travelled around the UK, France and Spain and camped very comfortably, making the most of the numerous comforts built in.
I cannot endorse Poplar Motors enough. The honest, friendly, and relaxed approach of David the owner is refreshing, and he will help you find your perfect camper!

From Bill and Rita - Bought 1996 A'M Craft Hiace

For various reasons, we decided to 'downsize' from a motorcaravan plus a car, to just one vehicle.  We dismissed most of the usual UK 'compact' campervans because they were either not genuinely useable as a car, or had unsatisfactory layouts, or were suffering from rust - or were simply too expensive. One exception was a Devon Sunrise conversion on a UK Toyota Hiace, which we bought.

This wasn't bad, but we soon found the beds left a lot to be desired. We liked the Hiace, though, and started evaluating imported vans with either UK conversions or original Japanese conversions.We eventually found the conversion that we felt met all our requirements - this was an original Japanese 'Finot Design' by A'mcraft.

There were a couple of these on the market, but David Lister (Poplar Motors) had the best example, by far:

A 1996 Hiace with just 25,000 miles on the clock, 2.8 litre diesel auto, air-conditioning to cab and rear compartment, good condition inside and out (no rust, sinks and cooker seemed unused, upholstery looked clean and fresh), a double bed, and even a small washroom and toilet compartment. The overall size was right (in particular, 2m high with the elevating roof folded).

Besides having the better example, David's price - which included a full service with timing belt renewal, speedometer conversion to UK spec, 240v electrics, underbody sealing, three months' warranty and six months' road tax - was 20% less than the competitor.

We're pleased to recommend Poplar Motors.

Bill and Rita

Andy and Jan - Bought 1994 Hiace Noppo

We considered Japanese imports and researched Mazda Bongos and Toyota Hiaces because UK compact campers available from dealers for our £10,000 budget had high mileages and were in less than attractive condition externally. Newly converted Bongo's did have brand new interior fittings and some had the sportier turbo diesel engines, but the beds were not big. Poplar Motors™ Hiaces offered the big non-turbo diesels which I like, a large bed and a good amount of interior space.

A visit to Poplar Motors on the web and then in person got us a warm welcome by David and Debra and a chance to look at a small selection of Hiaces on the forecourt to assess layout and condition. Having been converted at some time in the past for their earlier Japanese owners, the interior specification, layout and condition varied from vehicle to vehicle. We didn't find exactly the layout we wanted on our first visit but we told David what we were after and he promised to keep us posted on what he was bringing in over the next few months. He later came up trumps with a 54,000 mile Hiace in excellent external condition. The interior was almost right and David and Debra made a couple of modifications to bring it to our requirements. We had our vehicle, to specification on time and on budget.

We have since chosen to replace the original carpet with carpet tiles and to effect some other small cosmetic refinements to the interior to our own taste, and we are delighted with the vehicle. Our Hiace offers more convenient space (and a bigger bed) than a Bongo, was cheaper, and its 2.8 litre non-turbo diesel more than holds its own on the motorway. Our advice is that you work out what you want from a vehicle, let David and Debra know, and give them time to find one that meets your specification, or is close enough that they might modify one to your requirement. Their prices are competitive, they know their business and they give you a genuinely good service.

Andy and Jan

January 2007

Anthony John, Nottingham. Bought Toyota Hiace Cruising Cabin
I was beginning to despair of finding the camper of my dreams within my budget. We were looking for a van which would double as a day to day vehicle with at least four belted travel seats, to sleep 2 adults and a large teenager, fitted with a fridge and twin hob. The base vehicle needed to be automatic and have power steering as I have a disability. I had visited all the major and many of the minor dealers looking at the piles of rust and rubbish they were selling in the £10- £15,000 price bracket. Nothing fitted all of our requirements, and to get the automatic and power steering I was probably going to have to buy new which was way beyond our budget.
I had almost given up, but then we found Poplar Motors. Every vehicle on their forecourt was within budget and fitted our basic specification so we were able to be very choosy and select from an astonishing variety of different layouts and trims. All were immaculately presented, low mileage and rust free. Each came with a 3 months warranty (extendable on paying a little extra), full MOT, 6 months tax, serviced, new cambelt and waxoyled underneath.
Somehow we managed to choose a shortlist of four vans and then finally narrow it down to the one we wanted. We ended up getting a whole load of extra features on top of the base requirements! Diesel heating, air conditioning, air bags, ABS, hot water, shower head, awning and cycle rack!
Dave the proprietor of Poplar Motors gave us a very fair price for our car in part exchange and we agreed a handover day shortly afterwards.
During the warranty period I had a couple of minor teething troubles all of which were repaired with no fuss at a time of my choosing. They even made me tea and offered me a sandwich while I was waiting! Now that is good old fashioned customer service, sadly all too rare today.
I have now owned the van for 6 months and have travelled all over the UK in it, camping in all weathers. The van starts first time every time no matter how cold it is or how long since it was last run. It is comfortable, smooth and efficient and oh so versatile. Whatever job I ask it to do it does - minibus, car, shopping trips, long loads and flatpacks, lunch breaks potty stops and long camping trips - it is the ideal vehicle for all of these things.
I was asked the other day what I would do if I won the lottery and could have any van I wanted. Right now at this point in my life I can honestly say I would keep this one. I can't recommend the van or Poplar Motors highly enough and would have no hesitation recommending them to anyone.
Another Satisfied Customer

I was the happy owner of a Toyota Townace with a pop-top which had served me well for single person camping, but on entering a new relationship this was just too small for two people. Luckily I found the Poplar Motors website while searching for a new camper. I liked the build and reliability of Toyotas and the look of the website so I contacted David Lister.
At our first meeting David showed me a variety of layouts and we settled on a Mallorca Hi Ace Hi Top conversion. David found a low mileage 1997 model in Japan with a wood trim which seemed ideal, and agreed to take my Townace in part exchange.
The Hiace duly arrived in February and we took delivery in March after David and his team had converted it to english specifications. After a couple of short breaks during the spring we decided on a longer Scandinavian holiday in Norway, where my son was getting married. We set off in the middle of June and travelled the west coast of Norway amongst the fjords and glaciers. The Hiace performed really well on the narrow roads, one day we dropped 2000 feet through 11 hairpin bends to the Geiranger fjord, then the following day climbed 5000 feet, though this time I lost count of the number of bends. All in all we covered over 1200 miles, on mainly mountain roads, in nearly 3 weeks.
There were no mechanical problems at all on the trip, the one glitch was that the fridge, although working on mains and gas refused to function on 12v power. On our return I contacted David who immediately booked me in for a repair. His assistant Gary located the fault, and this was repaired while I WAITED...excellent service.
I would recommend a Toyota Hiace conversion for reliability and versatility, and above all David and his team at Poplar Motors for their commitment to finding a vehicle which suits their customers' needs, and for their outstanding service.

Alan Hawkins, Altrincham.

From Peter & Maureen. Bought Reimo High top conversion.

Hi David

Following the purchase of our Toyota Hiace camper van in October 2007, we would like to thank you for your after sales (no quibble) service.

We thank you for exchanging the faulty awning unit on our recent visit to your showroom, and our appreciation for the help and assistance of your friendly staff - our faith in vehicle suppliers has been renewed!

We were recommended to your company and we have no hesitation in doing the same to friends and aquaintances.

Yours sincerely
Peter & Maureen Bowdler

A Happy Hiace family

1995 Toyota Hiace 4wd Yokohama

Whilst researching the options available in a campervan during the winter of 2006, I was fortunate enough to come across the Poplar Motors website. I had already spent a couple of fruitless months finding nothing that met my small families needs within our budget and was considering a trip to Germany where the market has more to offer.

However, a couple of phone calls to David and a trip to Poplar Motors later and the families mind was made up almost as soon as we set eyes on the van. One year and fifteen countries later and the trips we plan continue to be ever more ambitious. This in no small reason is due to the very nature of the van itself. I think the word "versatility" best sums up the vehicle.

Whether spending a leisurely weekend in the Peak District, or looking for the steepest gradients and remotest places to overnight in the High Tatras, this van performs fantastically. We now scour the OS maps looking for the most outlandish routes and when time allows try not to travel on anything more major than a 'B' road.

Any minor problems or queries we have had about the van and David is always happy to offer advice, whether on the phone or by email. He has happily talked me through an electrical problem allowing me to fix the fault myself. It is satisfying to know that there is a place to turn to for advice.

Our next major trip will include a circuit of Iceland and the Faroe Islands which promises some interesting terrain and road conditions - and given the opportunity we certainly wouldn't consider doing it in any other vehicle. When the time comes we may consider going for a little more space, upgrading from the short to long wheel base - but there is certainly only one place we would go
for our next van.

If you want a truly versatile vehicle at a very competitive price, then I strongly recommend you let David and Poplar Motors find something for your needs!

Jay, Eva and Helena - a "Happy Hiace" family

From Tim Curtis, Kent.

Just a brief endorsement for Poplar Motors from a very satisfied customer.

I had decided to purchase a compact camper to use for short breaks and weekends away and I spotted a suitable model at Poplar Motors, Chesterfield.

By phone, the part exchange offer for my current vehicle was most favourable, and the commitment to purchase subject to mutual viewing and road tests was agreed.

In the interim I was heartened to hear that David "The proprieter" had decided to undertake some pre -sales engine work on the Toyota to alleviate a mystery water loss.

Having completed the work, the exchange was made and the van was brought home to Kent, a trip of almost 300 miles.

During the initial ownership period some small faults appeared in the habitation system, ie the diesel heater, the fridge and the internal gas piping layout.

David had offered to pay any costs to remedy all the small faults, however at the 1st attempt to sort the heater it was quite obvious this would require the diagnostic skills of an automotive electrician and it was mutually decided to deliver the van back to David for his attention.

This required coordinating our activities to meet at a half way point at Northampton.

David took the van back to his premises at Chesterfield where he could apply the necessary skills in a cost affective manner.

All faults were cured and the exchange of vehicles was again accomplished at Northampton.

Poplar Motors exceeded their obligations on their warranty and no costs were incured by myself to rectify these small faults, in fact David had also serviced the air conditioning system which got overlooked at delivery mostly because it was mid winter.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Poplar Motors (David) to any prospective purchaser looking for outstanding sales, service, and customer care in the acquisition of a camper van or any other vehicle.

Tim Curtis, purchaser of Toyota Townace A M craft European Compact Camper

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